This image of Colin Powell was created at his office in Old Town Alexandria. Knowing that our time with the General would be limited… my assistant & I arrived early and prepped all of our gear outside in the parking lot. Once we entered his office… we were armed with a plan and ready to shoot.
To achieve the intimacy and drama that my art director was looking for… I chose to light the General with one soft-box (camera right)… thus yielding very intense shadows (camera left). To make this work… I asked the General to take a seat at his conference table so I could shoot him from a slightly higher vantage point. It was just as important that the General angled his face up and to his left so I could position the height and angle of the soft-box to strike both eyes and sweep across his face.
Precisely after one minute of shooting (62 seconds to be exact)… the General cut us off and the shoot was over. Before I knew it… we were back in the parking lot breaking down our gear.
Never in my career was I so thankful to have a plan and be prepared. In that short amount of time… we were able to pull together everything needed to make this image work and make my editor happy.